The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning April 3. 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Rich Samuels

April 3 2014 Calendar

Thursday April 3, 7:30 pm at the Mitby theater, Madison College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison.
The Madison Metropolitan Band.

The Madison Metropolitan Band, conducted by Scott Teeple, is a community ensemble that plays classical band music.

Friday April 4 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
The Noon Musicale presents Violists Shannon Farley & Katrin Talbot
with pianist Gregg Punswick

Music of Bach and Handel

Friday April 4 6:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
Domaine Musical: An homage to Pierre Boulez’s legendary group

Presented by Marc Vallon, Les Thimmig, and a group of wonderful performers on both modern and baroque instruments. Works by Stockhausen, Berg, Boulez, J.S. Bach, and more!

Friday April 4 7 pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 North Orchard Street, Madison.
Sound Waves presents “Could You Repeat That? Repetition in Science and Music”

SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening?s theme. The science lectures are delivered using language that the curious layman can understand, with a minimum of jargon and formulas. The music lectures, while demanding careful listening, are likewise designed for the layman and not the specialist. Every SoundWaves event brings UW?Madison scientists from several departments together with UW?Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives. SoundWaves is free and open to the public. This series generally is held in the evening at the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Friday April 4, 7:30 pm at Overture Center, Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison (repeated Saturday 2/4 at 8 pm and Sunday 2/5 at 2:30 pm)
The Madison Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Julian Wachner, guest organist Nathan Laube, vocal soloists Emily Birsan, Daniela Mack, Wesley Rogers, Liam Moran, Madison Symphony Chorus.

The majestic Overture Concert Organ, powerful solo vocalists, and the nearly-150-member Madison Symphony Chorus will join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) April 4, 5, 6 in an enthralling musical experience.

The MSO will welcome guest organist Nathan Laube to perform Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante, a work originally conceived for the largest organ in the world and a thickly-orchestrated symphony. The second half will feature Mozart’s Requiem, celebrated as one of the greatest settings of the Latin Mass for the Dead. The requiem will employ the chorus and four solo vocalists: Emily Birsan, Soprano; Daniela Mack, Contralto; Wesley Rogers, Tenor; and Liam Moran, Bass. Kicking off the program will be Dvorak’s short but wild Slavonic Dance No.1.

Guest conductor Julian Wachner will lead this mightiest showing of the MSO in the 2013-2014 Season. Beverly Taylor is the director of the Madison Symphony Chorus.

The concerts are Fri., Apr. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Apr. 5, at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Apr. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street.

A star among young classical musicians, Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Laube serves as assistant professor of organ at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and also as artist-in-residence at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France.

Jongen was a prolific and eclectic composer in multiple genres, drawing on influences such as Strauss, Debussy, Stravinsky, Walloon folk music, and even Gregorian chant. He was considered a great organist in an era of great organists, and is remembered best for his compositions on this instrument. Symphonie Concertante calls for a large, brawny instrument. After all, it was composed for the Wannamaker organ in Philadelphia, which is simply massive. In Laube’s own words, “Jongen conceived this concerto for the world’s largest organ, and his desire to explore the subtleties of that instrument’s enormous color palette make this the perfect vehicle for demonstrating the scope of the MSO’s dynamic Klais organ.”

The Latin text of the Requiem, or Mass for the Dead, has supplied composers with inspiration for over 500 years, providing a rich source of imagery and emotion for the listener. Mozart’s setting is considered one of the most powerful to date, ingeniously drawing on intense themes such as terror and destruction in the face of judgment day and the promise of redemption. It is also surrounded by historical mystique, as it was left incomplete at the time of Mozart’s death on Dec. 5, 1791. The Madison Symphony Chorus will support four stellar professional soloists in this monolithic work.

The concert will open with Antonin Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major. This wild work began as a piano composition, utilizing unique dance rhythms Dvořák grew up with in his native Bohemia. Specifically, the piece draws on a dance called the furiant (the name is from the Czech for a proud, swaggering man). The piece was an immediate hit, and Dvořák was quickly commissioned to arrange it for orchestra.

Tickets are $16.50 to $82.50 each, available at and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.

Groups of 15 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734.
For more information visit,

Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Box Office at 201 State Street. Full-time students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $12 or $15 tickets. More information is at: On advance ticket purchases, students can receive 20% savings on seats in select areas of the hall.

Seniors age 62 and up receive 20% savings on advance and day-of-concert ticket purchases in select areas of the hall.

Discounted seats are subject to availability, and discounts may not be combined.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra marks its 88th concert season in 2013-2014 by celebrating John DeMain’s 20th anniversary as music director. The Symphony engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in live classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging soloists of international renown, an organ series that includes free concerts, and widely respected education and community engagement programs. Find more information at

Major funding for this concert is provided by Roma E. Lenehan in memory of Angelena Frensley Lenehan, University Research Park, Daniel W. Erdman Foundation, Qual Line Fence Corp., and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Saturday April 5 7:30 pm at Bright Red Studios, 9 Ingersoll Street, Madison
Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble

Music of John Luther Adams, John Cage, John Jeffrey Gibbens, Paul Lansky and Mark Mellits.

Saturday April 5 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
Fusions Continuum: A Concert of Jewish and Arabic Art Music
Uri Vardi, Professor of Cello

Presenting “Fusions Continuum,” a recital of Jewish Music and Arabic Art Music, with guest artists Taiseer Elias on the oud and composer/pianist Menachem Wiesenberg.

Jewish and Arabic music are rarely heard together, and yet there are striking connections between these two musical cultures. In a program that includes works by Masut Jamil Bey, Max Bruch, Jan Radzynski, and Menachem Wiesenberg, the artists of Fusions compellingly demonstrate the power of the arts to transcend political and national boundaries.

The Fusions concerts are presented by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Federation of Madison. Additional support comes from the UW-Madison School of Music, the Consulate General of Israel, the Anonymous Fund, UW-Madison Global Studies, the Middle East Studies Program of UW-Madison, Chai Point Senior Living, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (Milwaukee), the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and Full Compass Systems.

Sunday April 6 2 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Russian Folk Orchestra. Concert with Alexander Tsygankov, domra, Inna Shevchenko, piano, Anna Gubenkova, alto, and White Birch Folk Ensemble

UW Russian Folk Orchestra presents a Spring Gala Concert featuring two internationally acclaimed artists from Russia: Alexander Tsygankov, domra and Inna Shevchenko, piano. Also featuring Madison’s own Anna Gubenkova, alto and the White Birch Folk Ensemble.
2 pm-4 pm
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Mills Hall, UW School of Music
455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
$20 regular, $15 students/senior citizen
Victor Gorodinsky,, (608) 259-9440

Sunday April 6, 2pm at Mitby Theater, Madison College 1701 Wright Street, Madison.The Madison Community Orchestra conducted by Blake Walter,

The Madison Community Orchestra, conducted by Blake Walter, is a community ensemble of 80 members; they will perform works by Sullivan, Rossini/Respighi and Beethoven.

Monday April 7, 7:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Faculty Concert Series presents Kostas Tiliakos, oboe.

Pianist Christopher Taylor and flutist Stephanie Jutt will accompany Kostas Tiliakos on oboe and English horn in his only solo recital this year, April 7 at 7:30 PM in Morphy Hall. His program will consist by composers Minas Alexiadis, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, Theodore Antoniou, Jurgis Juozapaitis, and Thea Musgrave.

A native of Athens, Greece, Kostas Tiliakos has been principal oboist in the Greek National Opera Orchestra in Athens since 1997. Previous to this, he held the position of Solo English Horn for 8 years. An avid lover of contemporary music, he has been a member of the Hellenic Ensemble for Contemporary Music since 1990 and has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers, many of which he was a dedicatee. He has also recorded solo and chamber music works on Wandelweiser (Germany), Lyra and Irida Classics (Greece) and has been broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe. Internationally, he has appeared as soloist throughout Europe, Africa, Canada and the U.S. During his time in Greece, Kostas was a sought-after music journalist and editing consultant with Lambrakis Press SA and 4pi Special Editions, the two largest publishing organizations in Greece. Kostas studied Biology at Athens University and holds a BA in European Cultural Studies. He received his Masters of Music from UW-Madison under Marc Fink where he was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. His principal teachers have included Marc Fink, Claude Chieulet, Didier Pateau. He has also studied with Paul Dombrecht and Hansjörg Schellenberger. Most recently, Kostas was selected for the position of Visiting Associate Professor of Oboe at UW-Madison.

Wednesday April 9, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
Organ recital with organist Bruce Bengston.

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